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Bar News - June 18, 2010

Law Related Education: Project Citizen Displays Creative Student Thinking

tudents from Fairgrounds Middle School in Nashua receive awards for their hearing presentation, "Trying to Stop Pet Overpopulation." Taking part were Jacqueline Chea, Hannah Lewis, Jacob Bowers, Michael Lee, Tyler Vartabedian and Steven Saucier. funded by the Center for Civic Education.

Attorney Cynthia E. Dame evaluates a portfolio.
We the People: Project Citizen promotes participation in state and local government by helping student groups learn how to monitor and influence public policy. Each group works to identify and study an issue, eventually developing an action plan. The final product is a portfolio displaying their work.

Participants are encouraged to enter their portfolios in the state showcase at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, which was held this year on Friday, May 14. Recently, the program has initiated "mock" legislative hearings for those who wish to participate.

Fairgrounds Middle School (Nashua) students presented their public policy issues to evaluators in eight portfolios and two "mock" legislative hearings. The highest-rated portfolio was titled, "Every Dog Deserves a Chance at Life" and will be presented at the National Showcase, held each year in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit this summer. Participating in the hearings were the groups "Trying to Stop Pet Overpopulation," and "Obesity...Letís Solve It."

Many thanks to our attorney volunteers who came out to evaluate the student portfolios and to serve as hearing evaluators.

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